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October 3, 2009 | Chris Kraul and Marcelo Soares
Reporting from Bogota, Colombia, and Rio De Janeiro -- In a leap of faith that recognized Brazil's status as an emerging global player, the International Olympic Committee today awarded the 2016 Summer Olympic Games to Rio de Janeiro, the first time the mega-event will be held in a South American nation. The announcement in Copenhagen that Rio beat out Chicago, Tokyo and Madrid unleashed a joyous celebration in Rio, where Brazil has promised to spend $14 billion to prepare for the event in the face of daunting logistic and social challenges.
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SPORTS
April 23, 2014 | By David Wharton
As if the organizers of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics needed more bad news, angry residents have clashed with police in a slum not far from the planned site of the Games' swimming events. Violence erupted in the Pavao-Pavaozinho neighborhood after the death of Douglas Rafael da Silva Pereira, a dancer on a popular TV show. "The police beat my friend to death, just like they've tortured and killed in other communities," Johanas Mesquita, a 23-year-old resident of Pavao-Pavaozinho, told the Associated Press.
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BUSINESS
October 13, 2009 | Chris Kraul
Vicky Cristina . . . Rio de Janeiro? The Brazilian city has formed a new film commission, hired a longtime movie industry pro to head it and set an ambitious first goal: landing the next Woody Allen flick. Taking a cue from Barcelona, the Spanish city that was the principal setting for Allen's last film, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," Rio is dangling $2 million in subsidies to attract the director's as-yet-untitled next movie. This month, Rio was named the site for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, and city fathers hope it's on a roll.
WORLD
April 11, 2014 | By Vincent Bevins
RIO DE JANEIRO - As the 2014 World Cup tournament nears, efforts to reform Rio de Janeiro's police forces remain, like many of the Brazilian soccer stadiums themselves, a work in progress. Seeking to improve public safety, police have established a permanent presence in many of the city's slums, and attempted to replace sporadic, war-like operations against criminals with numbers-based community policing. Now, some of the city's slums, known as favelas , are considered safe for tourists.
NEWS
May 8, 2004
Brazil map -- A map of Brazil with an article about the pernambuco tree in Friday's Section A showed Rio de Janeiro in the wrong location. The correct location is shown above.
WORLD
June 17, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Eleven Brazilian soldiers were arrested on suspicion of turning over three shantytown residents to a Rio de Janeiro drug gang that executed them and left their bodies in a garbage dump, police said. The killings touched off anti-military protests Sunday and Monday in the Providencia shantytown, with residents burning city buses and throwing rocks at soldiers. Although the majority of the population supports an increased army presence in Rio de Janeiro's more than 600 poor, violent shantytowns, military leaders and politicians have warned that soldiers are not trained to do police work.
REAL ESTATE
January 12, 1986
The articles by Evelyn De Wolfe on Rio de Janeiro were first rate. They were not only full of valuable and interesting information but this type of reporting gives the section so much scope and tone. I hope we can look forward to more of these types of reports from other parts of the world. BROOKS RODDAN Palos Verdes Estates
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 1993
As acting consul general, I am writing to you on behalf of the Brazilian government about the recent murder of seven street children in Rio de Janeiro that has been covered by The Times and was the object your editorial "Rio, the World Is Watching" (July 28). In this regard, I wish to express the abhorrence that such a crime has aroused in the Brazilian government and the Brazilian society as a whole. Immediately upon learning the tragic incident, President Itamar Franco expressed his repudiation of the crime in the following terms: "As a father, as a citizen and a President of Brazil, I am horrified by what happened in Rio. I have instructed the minister of justice to closely follow the investigations of the police of Rio de Janeiro, in order to identify and bring to justice the sordid murderers of children."
NEWS
May 18, 1989
Police in Rio de Janeiro arrested five men and recovered millions of dollars worth of art stolen earlier this month, including works by Salvador Dali and Henri Matisse, a Brazilian police officer said. Alvaro Luis Souza, who commanded a raid leading to the arrests, said that police, responding to a phone tip, staked out an apartment in Rio's Botafogo neighborhood and apprehended a man as he was leaving. The stolen goods were discovered, undamaged, inside the apartment. Souza said four other men were arrested hours later.
SPORTS
April 9, 2014 | By David Wharton
The executive board of the International Olympic Committee begins a two-day meeting in Belek, Turkey, on Wednesday with the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games expected to be a major topic of discussion. Preparations for the Games have been hampered by delays, budget worries and seeming chaos between various levels of government in Brazil. More than 2,000 workers at the Olympic Park construction site have gone on strike and clashed with security personnel. Rio officials met with leaders from various international sports federations at the SportAccord convention in Turkey this week.
SPORTS
April 10, 2014 | By David Wharton
Amid growing concerns that Brazil might not be ready to host the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, Olympic officials have launched a series of emergency measures to jump-start the much-delayed preparations. This latest effort follows months of sluggish construction, labor strife and governmental chaos in the host country. “We believe that Rio can and will deliver an excellent Games if the appropriate actions are being taken now,” Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, said at a Thursday news conference.
SPORTS
April 9, 2014 | By David Wharton
The executive board of the International Olympic Committee begins a two-day meeting in Belek, Turkey, on Wednesday with the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games expected to be a major topic of discussion. Preparations for the Games have been hampered by delays, budget worries and seeming chaos between various levels of government in Brazil. More than 2,000 workers at the Olympic Park construction site have gone on strike and clashed with security personnel. Rio officials met with leaders from various international sports federations at the SportAccord convention in Turkey this week.
TRAVEL
March 28, 2014 | By Vincent Bevins
RIO DE JANEIRO - As you roll into this urbane beach city you can easily understand why most soccer fans will choose to be based here, if possible, during the FIFA World Cup, the sport's premiere international competition that begins June 12. Brazil's former capital and a resurgent cosmopolitan city, Rio has most of the urban offerings you would expect in a major destination, such as museums, restaurants and night life. But it's really the city's natural beauty and bright blue skies that make the trip worthwhile and make visitors more likely to forgive the high prices, lackluster service and spontaneous logistical breakdowns.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2014 | By Vincent Bevins
RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil's currency is called the real, which in Portuguese means both "royal" and, simply, "real. " But with prices skyrocketing ahead of the World Cup finals this summer, some locals in this famed beach city have created a mock currency they've dubbed the "surreal. " Adorned with the mustachioed face of Salvador Dali, the bills exist only as an Internet meme. Still, they have become the symbol of a digital protest movement. Fed-up Rio residents have taken to social media to share photos of price tags, receipts and menu items so pricey, it almost seems they could only have been dreamed up by the Spanish surrealist artist.
SPORTS
September 4, 2013 | Staff and Wire Reports
Usain Bolt plans to retire after the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Bolt said Wednesday he wants to win more gold in Rio, set another world record in the 200 meters next year, and perhaps win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. "So far, [it] is after the Olympics in Rio," Bolt said of his retirement plans. "I think if I am in great shape, I'll go there and do what I have to do. I think it will be a good time to retire on top. " Winning three more golds in Moscow last month made him the most decorated athlete in world championship history with eight golds and two silvers.
WORLD
August 2, 2013 | By Vincent Bevins
RIO DE JANEIRO - There was a last-minute change of venue that cost millions. A security scare that left a prized visitor stranded and exposed. Neighbors paralyzed by intermittent transportation breakdowns. Brazil has less than a year to ensure that the organizational breakdowns that marked the visit of Pope Francis to Rio de Janeiro last week won't be repeated at soccer's 2014 World Cup. Along with the Olympic Summer Games two years later, the sporting events may go a long way to define Brazil's global reputation and political future.
WORLD
July 25, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson and Vincent Bevins
RIO DE JANEIRO - Pope Francis waded into the heart of Brazil's troubles Thursday, telling residents of a notorious slum that their leaders must do a better job of helping them. The potentially provocative comments by the first pope from the Americas were in keeping with the causes he holds most dear: social justice and reaching out to the poor. "No one can remain insensitive to the inequalities that persist in the world!" Francis told a rain-soaked crowd in the Varginha favela , or slum, which had been spruced up with new electrical cables and fresh asphalt.
WORLD
July 25, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Pope Francis waded into the heart of Brazil's troubles Thursday with a visit to an often-violent slum that the government has provided with small improvements in a bid to stanch social unrest. The pope's venture into the Varginha favela may be the trickiest event in his week in Brazil, his first overseas trip since his election in March and one that has brought him to his native continent. Security, already frayed by Francis' tendency to ignore the restrictive rules, and sheer logistics were complicated as the visit began Thursday morning.
WORLD
July 25, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Pope Francis waded into the heart of Brazil's troubles Thursday with a visit to an often-violent slum that the government has provided with small improvements in a bid to stanch social unrest. The pope's venture into the Varginha favela may be the trickiest event in his week in Brazil, his first overseas trip since his election in March and one that has brought him to his native continent. Security, already frayed by Francis' tendency to ignore the restrictive rules, and sheer logistics were complicated as the visit began Thursday morning.
WORLD
July 25, 2013 | By Vincent Bevins
RIO DE JANEIRO - When Pope Francis' first trip to his native Latin America takes him into a Rio de Janeiro slum on Thursday, he will be walking into an intersection of all the major social problems that have beset Brazil's economic rise - and that exploded into huge protests across the country last month. Almost a year after the tiny Varghina favela , or slum, was "pacified" - retaken from drug gangs by the government - residents complain of police abuse and say the authorities' arrival has not been accompanied by basic improvements in public services such as healthcare, transportation and education.
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